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Smith Starts 2013 on Ladies European Tour

Former Lady Vol golfer Nicole Smith has kicked off 2013 competing on the Ladies European Tour at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open. 

At the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland, Australia, Smith came in a tie for 45th, finishing with a 5-over par 221. Through three rounds the Riverside, Calif, native carded nine birdies, six of which she recorded in the second round alone. 

Smith tied for 72nd out of a field of 143 competitors at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch, New Zealand. In two rounds, she posted a 6-over par 150. After a first round score of 8-over par 70, Smith bounced back shooting 2-under par 70, notching five birdies in the round. Only the top 55 players advanced to the final round.

Smith wraps up February at the ISPS Handa Women´s Australian Open the 14th-17th in Canberra, Australia as part of the LPGA Tour.  

Happy Birthday - Feb. 12 Chessey Thomas

A happy birthday shoutout to Lady Vol golfer Chessey Thomas who turns 21 today! 

Chessey Thomas

Chessey shares her birthday with Abraham Lincoln!

Smith Moves Into a Tie For Lead

After shooting 4-under par 68 in the second round at the Daytona Beach Invitational, Nicole Smith has taken a share of the lead. The former Lady Vol racked up seven birdies to bring her two-round total to 7-under par 137 to become one step closer to earning her LPGA card.

Smith is currently tied with Courtney Massey and Daniela Iacobelli for the lead. The Riverside, Calif., product tees off for the final round at 9:35 a.m. Sunday. You can view the complete list of pairings for round 2 here and live stats of the tournament are available here.

Smith has been part of the Symetra Tour's Volvik Race for the Card. The top-10 finishers on the money list at the conclusion of the tour will earn their LPGA cards. Smith is currently ninth on the list.

Smith Two Rounds Away From LPGA Card

Former Tennessee golfer Nicole Smith is two rounds away from becoming the fourth Lady Vol to earn her LPGA card.

Smith is competing in her final tournament of the Symetra Tour where she is currently ninth on the money list. The top 10 finishes earn their LPGA cards at the conclusion of the Symetra Tour, which is the Daytona Beach Invitational this weekend.

The Riverside, Calif., native is currently in a tie for third after the first round, where she carded 3-under par 69. Smith shot three birdies and one eagle on the day. Even with Smith after the first round is Sara-Maude Juneau, who is $372 behind Smith on the Symetra Tour money list.

Smith tees off her second round at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning. You can view the complete list of pairings for round 2 here.

Live stats of the tournament can be found here.

Happy Birthday - Sept. 24: Ryan Kilmartin & Sara Monberg

Happy Birthday on Sept. 24 to former men's basketball player Ryan Kilmartin and senior women's golfer Sara Monberg.

Ryan Kilmartin  Sara Monberg

Smith One Tournament Away from LPGA Card

Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith is becoming one step closer to punching her LPGA card as she tied for 23rd at the Vidalia Championship over the weekend.

Smith carded a 5-over par 221 total to contribute to her top-10 ranking on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. She currently is ranked ninth on the list with one tournament remaining, the Daytona Beach Invitational presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University next weekend.

Smith would become the fourth Lady Vol to earn her LPGA card, joining Angela Oh, Jessica Shepley and Young-A Yang.

OFFICIAL MONEY LIST - 2012
Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012
RankPreviousPlayerMoneyEvents Played
13Paola Moreno$50,293.0011
21Esther Choe$45,547.005
32Victoria Elizabeth$43,416.0015
415Thidapa Suwannapura$41,905.0012
54Mi Hyang Lee$38,786.0013
65Julia Boland$37,142.0015
77Jenny Gleason$35,592.0010
86Jenny Suh$33,467.0014
98Nicole Smith$32,536.0015
1017Sara-Maude Juneau$32,164.0014

Former Lady Vol Smith Eighth on Symetra Tour

Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith tied for fifth at this weekend's Symetra Classic, carding a five-under par 211.

She fired a first-round score of 5-under par 67, only one of six players throughout the tournament to notch a round of 67 or lower.

The Riverside, Calif., native is currently ranked eighth on the Symetra Tour with two events left. The top 10 players at the conclusion of the tournament season earn membership on the 2013 LPGA Tour.

As of September 16, 2012, here are how the players rack up.
 
RankPreviousPlayerMoneyEvents Played
11Esther Choe$45,547.005
23Victoria Elizabeth$42,947.0014
32Paola Moreno$40,094.0010
416Mi Hyang Lee$38,786.0013
54Julia Boland$35,824.0014
65Jenny Suh$32,471.0013
77Jenny Gleason$31,352.009
810Nicole Smith$31,350.0014
96Sara Brown$31,188.0011
108Leah Wigger$30,249.007

Former Lady Vols Conclude LPGA Qualifying School Play

Three former Lady Vol golfers have ended their route in the first stage of LPGA Qualifying School Wednesday.

After two rounds, Ginny Brown, Nathalie Mansson and Violeta Retamoza missed the cut off mark to advance.

Brown shot 2-over par 74 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 5-over par 149, missing the cut off by one stroke.

Mansson closed out day two 7-over par 79 for a total of 150 (+6), while Retamoza finished 32-over.

Former Lady Vols On Tour

Two former Lady Vols competed professionally over the weekend.

Angela Oh finished tied for 54th at the Safeway Classic. The Baltimore, Md., native sunk 11 birdies over three rounds. Oh carded a three-day total of 70-70-78=218 (+2).

A member of the LPGA Symetra Tour, Nicole Smith wrapped up the Eagle Classic in Richmond, Va., in a tie for 26th. Smith was one of 13 players out of 145 to notch a sub-70 round during the tournament. She closed out the weekend 3-over-par (219).

At the conclusion of the Symetra Tour, the top 10 on the money list earn their LPGA tour cards. Smith is currently fifth on the list with four tournaments remaining.

Happy Birthday - May 16: Abbie Alton, Nathalie Mansson

On May 16, we wish Happy Birthday to junior swimmer Abbie Alton and senior golfer Nathalie Mansson


Abbie Alton  Nathalie Mansson

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